Wesley Medical Center has opened a pediatric outpatient dialysis clinic, the only one of its kind in the area.
The clinic is on the sixth floor of the medical center.
Work to remodel the area began more than a year ago, but delays encountered while getting state and federal approval — Medicare pays for many dialysis costs — kept it from opening sooner, according to Cyndi Chapman, operations manager for pediatric dialysis.
"It's been a long road," she said.
"We just had KDHE (the Kansas Department of Health and Environment) in the first week in January and just got news last week that we had no deficiencies."
Chapman said she couldn't predict how many patients the clinic would serve because "it's so dependent on people's disease process."
Dialysis patients typically get outpatient treatment three times a week. The Wesley clinic also works with patients undergoing peritoneal dialysis in their homes. Those patients see their physician monthly and receive training at the clinic.
The clinic was designed by Spangenberg Phillips Architecture, and work was done by Key Construction.
Michelle Stuart Hilgenfeld, the only pediatric nephrologist in Wichita, is medical director of the clinic.
The clinic serves patients up to age 18; they had been getting treatment in facilities designed for adults.